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8 Things You Didn't Know You Could Make With Your Tomato Strainer

Our tomato strainers are ridiculously versatile, especially if you have a set of screens for them. Sure, you've probably used yours to make tomato sauce, but we bet you're not using it to its maximum potential, and we're here to help...

salsa in strainer

1. Salsa, in its entirety

Maybe you're aware that we make a salsa screen for our Tomato Strainer - but did you know that you can put the peppers, onions, jalapeños, cilantro, etc. into the hopper with your tomatoes? Put all of it in there with the salsa screen attached, and crank the handle. You'll end up with perfect salsa. 

2. Mashed Potatoes

Seriously, just put your cooked potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, etc. into the strainer - skins on - with the standard screen. Perfectly whipped mashed potatoes come gushing from the strainer. Awesome, we know.

3. Seedless Jams

Trying to keep those pesky raspberry seeds out of your teeth? Easy, just use our berry screen - that's what we made it for!

Seedless Raspberry Jam

4. Ketchup

The rumors are true: it doesn't HAVE to come out of a squeeze bottle or some glass bottle that you have to smack the crap out of a 57 to get ketchup out of - you can make it yourself. Use the pumpkin screen to make your thick tomato puree, then follow the instructions in our Blueberry Chipotle Ketchup recipe (leave the blueberries & chipotles out if you're no fun).

Ground pumpkin

5. Pumpkin Pie

What?! Pumpkin pie can be made with real pumpkins?! 


You'll need the strainer and a pumpkin screen to make Pumpkin Pie from scratch - it's waaaay better than the 10%-Pumpkin-90%-artificial-flavors-and-spices Pie you buy at the store. 

Try your hand at our Orange-Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie Recipe (if you're still no fun... leave out the oranges and hazelnuts).

6. Wine

Primary ingredient in wine... fruit juice. Use the berry screen to make yourself some fine raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, pear, what-have-you ...juice. And/or use the grape spiral for, you guessed it: grape juice. Take that, some wine making ingredients, ferment it, and poof: wine. Okay so it's not the easiest thing in the world, but it's not terribly difficult either. Take your fruit juice and follow our Pear Cider instuctions, mostly. You'll have a fine homemade wine. Or our name's not Weston. Cheesy, we know. Sorry.

7. Homemade Tomato Soup

It's ridiculous that you people are still eating from aluminum (or whatever) cans, considering how easy this is to make. Step one: Strain tomatoes with tomato strainer, use standard screen. Step two: add some spices. Step three: heat up, then eat. If you need a more formal recipe, here: Homemade Tomato Soup.

Apple sauce

8. Applesauce

"Gaaaaasssp! I never thought of THAT before!" 

We know. That's why we're telling you. 

Cook up your apples, put them in the Strainer, turn the handle. Apple peels and seeds out the waste chute, beautiful apple sauce down the main chute. Add cinnamon and sugar and that kind of stuff. 

If you need a recipe, too bad.

And there you have it. Eight things you didn't know you could make with your glorious Roma Tomato Strainer. So maybe you did. Bet you didn't know all eight. Any other eye-openers you'd like to share? Please, comment with them below - we love stealing your great ideas!


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